About the research
The objectives of this research were twofold. The first objective was to identify the needs for the inspection methodology, manuals, training, and the timetable needed for all bridge owners to start collecting element level bridge inspection data. The second objective was to identify how to incorporate this new inspection methodology into the rich reporting tools and performance measures that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) uses for determining the bridge projects in the annual program.
Working with the MnDOT Bridge Office, the research team identified the necessary changes to the bridge inspection elements that would both ensure MnDOT conforms to the new American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide Manual for Bridge Element Inspection and provide the necessary data for the agency’s bridge management process. The changes needed for MnDOT’s Bridge Replacement and Improvement Management (BRIM) were also identified working with the MnDOT Bridge Office.